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8 Feb

Holidays During Retirement May Reduce Heart Attack Risk

Retired man enjoying a holidayRegular Holidaying Can Help You Maintain A Healthy Mind And Body

Taking regular trips away can dramatically improve both physical and mental health, a new study has found.

We all know that a break away from our normal surroundings can give us a welcome lift in spirits, but a new study has also found that regular holidaying can actually improve our physical health too. The Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies has found that frequent holidaymakers can lower the risk of heart attack, decrease the likelihood of developing depression and improve the overall health of the brain itself.

The increasing life expectancy of people entering retirement means that older generations now have more opportunity than ever to enjoy taking a vacation or two each year, and this study positively encourages them to do so. Taking regular breaks is said to help keep retirees active and offer much needed stimulation to the brain. This fits with the statistics that show that physical inactivity can be deadly, with 3 million deaths each year coming from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and cancer.

Both Men And Women Are Affected

Its not just the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies who believe in frequent holidaying, either. The Global Ageing Coalition have also studied the effect that it can have on our health and a recent study showed that women who vacationed every six years or less had a much greater chance of suffering from a heart attack or falling victim to a coronary death when compared to those who took a break at least twice per year.

Men, too, can be affected by not getting enough time away from their regular routine. Males who didn’t take a yearly holiday were thought to have a 30 per cent higher risk of dying from heart disease.

This is sure to come as a welcome piece of news for those who already enjoy regular holidays, and a wake up call for those that don’t. If you have neglected travel for some time, 2016 could, and should, be the year that you make a change.

Why Would This Be The Case?

Much of the resulting reduction in hypertension and increased positive cognitive function is thought to be thanks to the simple chance that the brain gets to rest whilst you are away. Getting away from stress – whether it be workplace related for younger people or other worries for older generations – can help to prolong our lives as we begin to recuperate from the harmful effects that it can have on both our bodies and minds.

Furthermore, the fact that you are entering into a new environment helps to stimulate the brain – keeping it healthy in the process. Taking in new experiences, sights and sounds will all help to strengthen this vital part of our bodies which in turn will heighten our resilience and lengthen our lifespans. “Healthy mind, healthy body” really is true, and regular travel can help keep both in great working order.

So, if you haven’t had a break in a while or maybe you were undecided about whether or not you should travel this year, the answer is clear – book it up and enjoy it. Get your travel insurance, dust off your passport and head for sunnier climes. After all, it certainly beats going to the doctors!